Monthly Archives: June 2016

1861: “If I Slept In The Pig Pen…”

July 9, 1861 If I had stayed home & gone out & slept in the pig pen at night I should have had about the same experience that we have had here… Francis C. Barlow to his mother,  July 9, 1861

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“Those Green Flags” – The Irish Brigade’s Battlefield Banners

In our series “Battlefield Banners: Flags of the American Civil War” we’ve been exploring aspects of flag creation and the stories behind regimental flags. Today’s flag combines heraldic traditions from European heritage into an American setting. Carried by Irish immigrants, … Continue reading

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1861: “Nothing, But Resistance To Rebellion Can Save Us”

 May 21st, 1861, Elmira, N.Y. Dear Father & Mother, Your letters have both been received. I was much grieved at the sad tone of both. Of course we all deprecate war. But since the question of our existence as a … Continue reading

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The “Traitorous” Fiddler With A Connection To Jefferson Davis (Guest Post)

Today, we are pleased to welcome David Connon as a guest author on Gazette665. David Connon is a historical researcher, speaker, and writer.  He has spent the past six years documenting 75 Iowa residents who left that state and served the … Continue reading

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“Guard of the Daughters” – The Flag of the Powhatan Guards (Co. E, 4th Virginia Cavalry)

Once upon a time, you’ll see an unforgettable flag in a history museum. It might be in tatters from fierce fights; it might be preserved in pristine condition. Maybe it’s a story about the flag or the unit that will … Continue reading

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1861: “Directions About Home…”

May 13, 1861 …I was interrupted and I have not been able to write another line since and I have missed the chance of the morning mail. It is now arriving, and alarms have great been given & our troops … Continue reading

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